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CharlieM1958

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1358 days ago

We are getting ready to do a complete renovation of our long-vacant old library building at the university where I work. The building is about 60 years old, and there was quite a bit of wood shelving that was going to be carted off to the dump. I picked up on about 16 pieces of what I thought looked like maple, and about 20 pieces of red oak. They are all 10” wide and 36” to 48” in length.

The first photo below shows both types of boards, before and after planing. Some of the oak are solid full width, and the rest are T&G. The others are butt glue jointed, but seem absolutely solid except for a little separation near the ends.

The second photo is a closeup that leads to my ID question. I originally was pretty sure these boards were maple from looking at the ends, but after planing they actually look more like cherry to me. I’ve only worked with cherry on a limited basis, so I’d thought I’d run it by you guys for your opinions.

While I’m at it, I’ll throw in a planer tip for guys like myself who might be fairly new to using a planer. I started having feed problems and thought something was seriously wrong. But then I remembered some things I’ve read here at LJ’s, so I shut off and unplugged the planer, cleaned out the sawdust, wiped off the feed rollers, and put a fresh coat of wax on the tables. Presto! Problem solved.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"


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patron

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#1 posted 1358 days ago

that last shot
looks like it could be alder

good score charlie

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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jusfine

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#2 posted 1357 days ago

I agree, great score!

I have some maple that has similar grain, either way, you win!

-- Randy "You are judged as much by the questions you ask as the answers you give..."

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cajunpen

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#3 posted 1357 days ago

Wow Charlie – great score. If you need any help hauling away anymore – or need a place to store some :-)) let me know. What a great score! And based on where it is coming from, it should be some very smart wood.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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Dick, & Barb Cain

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#4 posted 1357 days ago

I think it’s Birch, so I looked on the Wood ID Site to make sure.

I think I might be right. There’s a lot of Birch growing in this neck of the woods.

-- -** You are never to old to set another goal or to dream a new dream ****************** Dick, & Barb Cain, Hibbing, MN. http://www.woodcarvingillustrated.com/gallery/member.php?uid=3627&protype=1

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sedcokid

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#5 posted 1357 days ago

Haven’t the foggest idea of what the wood is. But one thing is sure…. you cannot pass up free wood!

Thanks for sharing!

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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CharlieM1958

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#6 posted 1357 days ago

Bill, I thought about you. Our carpenters are keeping all the longer stuff for various repairs around campus as needed, and this was about all I could get. Had there been any more I would have called, because I don’t have room for much more anyway.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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CharlieM1958

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#7 posted 1357 days ago

Dick: Birch is a good possibility… I hadn’t thought of that.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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CanadianWoodChuck

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#8 posted 1357 days ago

Lucky you! I think it might be birch as well. Enjoy!

-- Wood Chuck (Bruce) http://3dwoodworkingplans.com

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GMman

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#9 posted 1357 days ago

Yellow birch looks a lot like maple and is as hard as maple I say yellow birch too.
White birch is of a light color.

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Karson

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#10 posted 1357 days ago

It doesn’t look like the Yellow Birch that I have. The sap wood is an ivory color and the heart wood is pink with ivory striping. It’s what I’m making my kitchen cabinets out of.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware karson_morrison@bigfoot.com †

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cajunpen

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#11 posted 1357 days ago

No problem Charlie, always keep me in mind though :-)). One of these days I will get to gloat about some wood – other than the styff I buy.

Karson, you are a blessed man – so much wood and being retired – so much time :-)). Enjoy.

-- Bill - "Suit yourself and let the rest be pleased." http://www.cajunpen.com/

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#12 posted 1357 days ago

Thanks for the planer tip Charlie ;-)) One of these days I’ll be new when I fire it up!!l

-- "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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tdv

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#13 posted 1357 days ago

Charlie I bought a load of short ends of birch to joint up for a bench top & they look exactly like the wood in your pic. for colour & grain pattern it has a sort of sheen that maple doesn’t. Whatever it is Charlie you did good & hey they look ideal for boxes
Seasons greetings to you
Trevor

-- God created wood that we may create. Trevor East Yorkshire UK

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woodsmithshop

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#14 posted 1357 days ago

Charlie, according to R. Bruce Hoadley, the best way ( and according to him, it makes sense) is to magnify the end grain , the book Identifying Wood, by R. Bruce Hoadley is a very good reference for IDing wood, I have seen fresh planed maple and cherry that is very difficult to tell apart, so looking at end grain with a magnifying glass and seeing the pics in the book will help a lot

-- Smitty!!!

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CharlieM1958

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#15 posted 1357 days ago

Smitty, thanks for the reference.

Karson, that does not look like my wood, but I’ll bet it is going to make some beautiful cabinets.

Bob, Times a’wastin’!

Trevor, Happy holidays to you as well.

Bill: Why are you calling Karson lucky? I thought you retired also. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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